Alexandria Kiss-Rusk (21)

Box Score MONTREAL – Alex Kiss-Rusk drained a game winning jumper at the buzzer as the No.2-ranked McGill women’s basketball team avenged a Friday night loss with a hard fought 57-55 road win over UQAM at the Centre Sportif, Saturday.
The Citadins, which had a chance to shake up the standings this weekend with a back-to-back set against McGill, failed to complete the sweep and leap frog the Martlets. McGill (9-1) is now four points up on the second place Citadins (7-3).
Kiss-Rusk, a 6-foot-4 centre from Beaconsfield, shot 7-for-12 from the floor and 1-for-2 from the foul-line. The cultural studies junior was also credited with nine rebounds, two blocks and two assists.
Jennifer Silver was the only other Martlet to reached double-digit figures. The Montreal native scored 10 points and also added four rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block.
Mariam Sylla, a 6-foot-1 forward from Guinea, was just two points shy of another patented “double-double” posting eight points and 11 rebounds.
Lorna Desrameaux-Simon lead the way for the Citadins with 15 points. She added three rebounds, three assists and one steal. Queteline Celestin also reached double figures, putting up 14 points while dishing out six assists and snagging four rebounds.
Coming off a double-overtime thriller on Friday night these two teams battled tightly again Saturday. The game featured 12 lead changes; the largest being seven for either team. McGill had a slim 13-12 lead after the opening quarter until the Citadins used a strong second frame to take a 27-22 advantage into halftime. The Martlets re-focused during the break and outscored UQAM 18-10 in the third stanza to take a 40-37 lead into the final quarter.
It was a frenzy of a finish that saw both teams exchange baskets down the stretch. After a UQAM timeout with 18 seconds remaining Sara Cabana drained a jumper to tie the game up 55-55 with four seconds left. McGill had the final answer, however, as Kiss-Rusk swished a baseline jump shot just before time expired.
The game featured a plethora of turnovers as both teams combined for 53. McGill committed 31 miscues, nine of which were UQAM steals. The Citadins on the other hand coughed up 22 turnovers, eight of which were Martlet steals.
McGill shot 37.3 per cent from the field (22/59), went 2-for-12 from three-point range and sank 11 of 17 from the line (64.7%). UQAM connected on 36.4 per cent from the floor (20/55) and 3-for-7 from beyond the arc.
The Martlets have a four-day break before hosting fourth-place Concordia (4-6) on Thursday (Feb.5) at 6.p.m. The next night, UQAM will try to get back in the win column when they travel to Lennoxville to take on last-place Bishop’s (0-10).
Ryne Bondy and Earl Zukerman
McGill Sports Info Office